The P72 is Real: A Journey Come True
After its debut at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in 2019, De Tomaso has recently announced on Instagram that the P72 will officially begin production in the latter half of 2024.
After five long years of hard work, the new De Tomaso exotic car is finally ready to be revealed. Only 72 limited production units will be available, making it a highly coveted item for those fortunate enough to get their hands on one. The incredible progress made in the development of this car can largely be attributed to the technical expertise of HWA, who partnered with De Tomaso. You may recognize HWA AG as the company behind the impressive Mercedes 190E 2.5-16 Evo II Restomod, but what you should also know is that HWA was founded by one of the creators of AMG and is responsible for developing Mercedes’ AMG GT race cars as well as the powerful V12 engine found in the Pagan Hauyra R.
According to earlier accounts, the De Tomaso P72 is set to be equipped with a V8 Coyote engine, which is also utilized in the Ford Mustang GT. Additionally, the engine will be enhanced by a Roush-built supercharger, expected to produce 700 horsepower and 608 lb-ft of torque. This considerable amount of power will be transmitted to the rear wheels through a six-speed manual transmission.
If this seems recognizable, De Tomaso previously utilized a power plant from the Blue Oval in the iconic Pantera, featuring a 5.8-liter Ford Cleveland V8 engine.
The framework for the upcoming P72 will be adapted from the chassis of the Apollo Intensa Emozione. Although the latter boasts a Ferrari F140 V12 engine, the former will remain faithful to the V8. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated De Tomaso P900 will offer both a V12 and V10 engine choice.
The original price tag for the De Tomaso P72 was set at €750,000 (equivalent to approximately $820,000 in current conversion rates). Nevertheless, it has been five years since its initial announcement, and it is not unexpected for us to witness a revision in the costs due to the effects of inflation and fluctuating market conditions.
One major modification is that the manufacturing process was initially planned to take place in the United States, but it has now been relocated to a factory near the Nurburgring, thanks to a collaboration with the Capricorn Group.
De Tomaso expressed their heartfelt appreciation to their loyal supporters for standing by their side through every step of their journey. In a recent Instagram post, they acknowledged that this accomplishment is a true reflection of the unwavering dedication and determination of the entire De Tomaso community.